Friday, September 2, 2016

Washington Youth Garden Fun and Unique Features

Washington Youth Garden sign: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Happy floral Friday! It's been four years since I featured the Washington Youth Garden on my blog so I thought today would be a great day to share some of its unique and fun features. I love the big hand-painted sign that greets visitors to the garden (and there are some flowers in it - can you find them?). One of the rules in the garden is that you must stay on the paths so please forgive some crooked/odd angle photos. I did the best I could while obeying the rules.
Sensory garden within main garden: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Once you enter the chain link fence area you're greeted by this whimsical sign for the Sensory Garden. I love that they have many mini gardens within the main area. The sensory garden has lots of neat flowers and herbs to experience.
Giant bird Youth Garden mascot: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
This fun giant bird statue is one of my favorite features of the Washington Youth Garden. They move it around from time to time but today it was near the center of the main garden.
Container gardening station: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
They have some lovely signs explaining gardening basics and events throughout the growing season. The Washington Youth Garden is located within the National Arboretum so I imagine you could contact the Arboretum for dates and times of the events. I did see a flyer once at the visitor's center but rarely see any advertisements for this wonderful garden.
Beekeeping area: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
Fun garden bed made from a real bed: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
I'm not sure why this program wouldn't let me put text between the two photos above but it wouldn't so I'll just explain both here. The top features the Beekeeping area within the Washington Youth Garden. I didn't enter the area because I didn't want to disturb the bees. I imagine that's an area best explored with a staff member. The staff members I saw were busy watering and weeding so I'll save that adventure for another day.

I love their unique garden bed in a real bed frame and I think it's fun that they painted the frame purple so it stands out more. They have herbs and flowers planted in the bed and it spills over on either side like a generous comforter.
Pretty fuchsia flowers: Copyright © Phyllis Wheeler, 2016
These pretty fuchsia colored flowers are the same kind in the top left corner of the garden bed photo.

Thank you for visiting! I hope you enjoyed my mini photo tour of the Washington Youth Garden! May God bless their staff, the young gardeners and YOU!

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2012 Washington Youth Garden:

Bright summer flowers:
Mary's amazing garden:

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